Political – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:40:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Republican County Assembly accomplished http://www.pagosasun.com/republican-county-assembly-accomplished/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200544 By Deborah Van Gundy
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta County commissioner candidates supported by the Republican Assembly process are Ronnie Maez in Commissioner District 1 and Warren Brown in Commissioner District 2.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-216/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200548 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, April 2
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Southwestern Water Conservation District regular board meeting. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango.
Friday, April 3
Southwestern Water Conservation District annual water seminar. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 841 E. Second Ave., Durango. Update regarding COVID-19.
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, April 4
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, April 8
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/649077192. Meeting ID: 649 077.
Thursday, April 9
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, April 13
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 4 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 14
Archuleta School District Board of Education elementary school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Elementary School, 141 S. 10th St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

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Dems cancel club lunch http://www.pagosasun.com/dems-cancel-club-lunch/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199107 By John Porco
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta County Democratic Party will not hold a Democratic Club lunch in March.
March is already a busy month, with caucuses on March 7 and the County Assembly and Convention on March 21.
In addition, several training sessions will be scheduled. However, please mark your calendars for April 21 for our next lunch with speaker Abby Burk.
Burk is Western Rivers regional program manager for Audubon Rockies. She promotes cultural change in water use and river conservation through interacting with government representatives, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, businesses, and by recruiting and training community leaders.
In addition to Burk’s presentation, we will discuss the results of the State Democratic Assembly and Convention, which will have been held shortly before the lunch. More details on the program will be distributed in early April.

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Legislature: How would you vote in repealing the death penalty? http://www.pagosasun.com/legislature-how-would-you-vote-in-repealing-the-death-penalty/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199113 By Representative McLachlan
Special to The SUN
My job as a legislator is to listen to all sides of an issue and to my constituents before making decisions. This week, we wrestled with the weightiest question before the General Assembly during my time here: Should Colorado repeal the death penalty?
We spent hours in debate.
Today, try being a legislator as you decide how to vote. Try to take away the emotional background you carry with you and, importantly, remove what your friends and family tell you to think. Then listen. Unless you are the family of a victim of crime, do not assume you understand how the families of victims feel about this deeply personal issue.
At the Capitol, I work with two legislators, family of victims who shared their stories.
Sen. Rhonda Fields’ son and his fiancé, who were eyewitnesses to a murder, were murdered themselves in 2005. Their killers are now two of the three people on death row.
Rep. Tom and Terry Sullivan’s son was murdered during the 2012 Aurora theater massacre. His murderer is serving a life sentence without parole.
Neither wants to repeal the death penalty.
If you disagree with their stances, could you, as a legislator, vote against your friends?
These are a few specific arguments from the impassioned and compelling testimony we heard:
Do not repeal:
• Murderers, evil to the core, do not deserve respect.
• Just the existence of the death penalty has led to confessions and verdicts.
• The death penalty makes us look closely at cases, rallying outsiders to help determine if the victim is innocent or guilty.
• Being in prison is like having a vacation. Those convicted should be put to death instead.
Repeal:
• The justice system makes mistakes and capital punishment leaves no room for error. About 2 percent of people on death row are found to be innocent.
• The right answer is moral, not political.
• The system is broken and the death penalty is unfairly applied. It should no longer exist.
• The convicted should spend their lives in prison, without any chance of parole.
Do not repeal:
• This is simple justice. An eye for an eye.
• Certain crimes affect the protection of our public safety. We need the death penalty.
• The system works.
Repeal:
• We draw strength from forgiveness. Focus on reform, not punishment.
• The death penalty is fiscally irresponsible.
• The death penalty is not a deterrent to crime; many horrendous crimes have been committed since its inception.
Do not repeal:
• This should go before the voters, not be decided by the Legislature.
• The last person executed was in 1977. Before that, 1967. Execution is not frequent enough to get rid of the death penalty.
Repeal:
• We have been elected to serve the people, to make difficult decisions on their behalf.
• The law is a living document.
• States with high murder rates have the death penalty. Those with low murder rates have abolished it.
Do not repeal:
• The death penalty is not applied in an arbitrary fashion. It is constitutional.
• It is never used for criminals under 18 or with disabilities. It includes aggravating factors, such as killing a witness to a crime, police or multiple victims in one crime spree, or committing heinous and barbaric acts of murder.
• A jury must decide the death penalty unanimously.
Repeal:
• It is not the state’s job to determine who lives or dies.
• All three men on Colorado’s death row are black, from one Denver neighborhood and had the same judge.
• Death penalty decisions are arbitrary and often depend on a family’s income, race or neighborhood.
• The law is unevenly applied in Colorado.
Do not repeal:
• We have had heinous crimes in Colorado, where the convicted men should be put to death for what they did to others: Ted Bundy. The Aurora theater. The STEM school shooting. The Watts family. Nathan Dunlap (the third person on death row) at Chuck E. Cheese.
Repeal:
• Dunlap’s lawyer, who has represented death row inmates from around the country, said the typical inmate grew up with extreme trauma in childhood, is a black or brown man, has been victimized, lives in poverty or is mentally ill.
Do not repeal:
• It is a moral question, a matter of justice.
Repeal:
• It is a moral question, a matter of justice.
There is no more important debate. I voted in favor of repeal. How would you vote?

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Water and fire district cancel elections due to lack of candidates http://www.pagosasun.com/water-and-fire-district-cancel-elections-due-to-lack-of-candidates/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199111 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Two local districts canceled their May 5 elections for district positions due to lack of director candidates.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-213/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199115 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 12
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, March 16
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, March 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, March 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, March 19
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, March 23
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation work session. 9 a.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, March 26
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, March 27
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Republican party caucuses on Saturday http://www.pagosasun.com/republican-party-caucuses-on-saturday-2/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:19:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198782 By Deborah Van Gundy
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta County Republicans will caucus on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m.
There is a separate caucus location for each precinct:
• Precinct 1 at the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.;
• Precinct 2 at Lewis Street office, 450 Lewis St.;
• Precinct 3 at the Archuleta County Extension center, 344 U.S. 84;
• Precinct 4 at TARA Community Center, 333 Milton Lane, Arboles;
• Precinct 5 at Pagosa Brewing and Grill, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.;
• Precinct 6 at the Senior Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.;
• Precinct 7 at Restoration Fellowship, 264 Village Drive.; and
• Precinct 8 at the American Legion Hall, 287 Hermosa St.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and caucus begins promptly at 10 a.m.
Republican caucuses are open to everyone; however, state and party rules dictate eligibility to vote or otherwise participate in a political party’s precinct caucus a voter must be registered to vote, a resident of the precinct and affiliated with the party holding the caucus for at least 22 days before the caucus.
Special rules
Anyone who turns 18 or becomes a naturalized citizen less than 22 days before their party’s caucus may still participate if they are a registered member of the Republican party. In addition, a preregistrant who is 17 years of age on the date of a caucus and who will be 18 years of age on the date of the next general election may vote at the caucus. If you do not meet these criteria, you must sign in as a guest.
One must attend the caucus coinciding with the precinct they are registered in and precinct boundaries have changed since the last caucus. To check online which precinct you are in, go to www.archuletacounty.org and on the home page just below the picture click on maps, then go to election precinct interactive map, type in your address, then click on election geography; your precinct will appear there.
Grass roots politics begins at the local caucus, where caucus goers elect two new committee persons to serve as members of the Archuleta County Republican Central Committee (ACRCC), election judges are recruited and resolutions for the party platform can be submitted and voted on.
Delegates to the county assembly will be elected; if you wish to be a voting delegate at county and/or wish to attend a higher assembly/convention, you must first get elected as a delegate at your precinct caucus. Republicans have a county commissioner race happening; at the county assembly, delegates get to vote on the candidate of their choice, where candidates must get at least 30 percent of the vote to be placed on the primary ballot or 10 percent of the vote to be able to petition on.
One can be absent from caucus and still run for delegate to the county assembly by completing an absentee delegate application and either returning it to an ACRCC member or have someone hand deliver it to the correct precinct caucus. There is no absentee/proxy voting; to vote, you must attend the caucus.
Any questions or concerns can be emailed to any precinct caucus captain listed at www.archuletarepublicans.org or contact Deborah Van Gundy at (719) 839-0556 or acrcc_vc@outlook.com, or Marilyn Harris at 749-4499 or marilynharris44@aol.com.

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Democratic Party plans caucuses, assembly http://www.pagosasun.com/democratic-party-plans-caucuses-assembly-2/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:14:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198780 By John Porco
Special to The SUN
In accordance with Colorado state law, the Archuleta County Democratic Party will hold its caucuses at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.
Precincts 1-3 and 5-8 will caucus at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave. Precinct 4 will caucus at the TARA Community Center, 333 Milton Lane in Arboles. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the caucuses start promptly at 2 p.m.
If you plan to attend your caucus, it is worthwhile to ascertain what election precinct you live in. You can find out by going to govotecolorado.com and click on Find My Registration. Enter the requested information on name and birthdate and click on Search. Finally, click on the County and District Information tabs to find your precinct.
Everyone is welcome to come to the caucuses, but only those who meet certain criteria will be allowed to vote. If you live in Archuleta County and were registered as a Democrat on or before Feb. 14, you are eligible. Anyone who turns 18 or became a naturalized citizen after Feb. 14 may participate, if they are a registered member of the Democratic party. Note that if you are registered as unaffiliated, you are not eligible to vote in the caucuses, but you will be able to vote in the March presidential primary and the June general primary election.
You will first check in at the registration table; here, your having obtained your precinct number ahead of time will facilitate the whole registration process. Then you will be directed to the area where you and your precinct neighbors will be meeting.
The caucuses serve several purposes: they allow participants to discuss candidates and issues in an open forum, helping them to make informed choices. The main intent of the caucuses is, however, to help determine which candidates for the U.S. Senate will appear on the Democratic primary ballot. A preference vote determines how many delegates each candidate will receive.
Those delegates will then be asked to come to the county assembly and convention, where the delegate pool is further whittled down into a group who will attend the state assembly and convention on April 18 in Denver.
Other goals for the caucuses include introducing party candidates for local offices; the selection of precinct chairpersons, election judges and poll watchers; and lively discussions about ideas to be included in the party’s platform. Note that although the only preference vote will be for U.S. Senate, information about candidates for other offices will be available. In addition, we have invited the candidates or their representatives to attend the caucuses and speak on their own behalf.
The assembly and convention will be held on March 21 at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St. Registration for the assembly and convention begins at 8:30 a.m. and the assembly convenes at 9 a.m.
Only individuals elected as delegates at the caucuses will be permitted to vote at the assembly, although anyone is welcome to attend. At the assembly and convention, delegates to the state assembly and convention and the Congressional District 3 Assembly will be elected, again based on the preferred U.S. Senate candidates.
A light breakfast will be served. For questions, contact the county chair, Becky Herman, at 264-2171.

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Lucero announces commissioner candidacy http://www.pagosasun.com/lucero-announces-commissioner-candidacy/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:28:06 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198670

Clifford Lucero

By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
On Monday, Clifford Lucero announced his candidacy for Archuleta County commissioner of District 1.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-212/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:26:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198668 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 5
Dispatch Executive Management board meeting. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, March 9
Archuleta County Extension Advisory Board meeting. 11:30 a.m., CSU Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 10
Archuleta School District Board of Education middle school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta School District Board of Education Pagosa Family School visit. 2 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 11
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, March 12
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, March 16
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, March 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, March 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, March 19
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.

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